Why You Place Your Tripod Holes

 A chimpanzee could follow the crowd, plop his equipment down in a well-worn tripod hole and get a good photo of Schwabacher’s Landing in Grand Teton National Park just like the millions of other photographers that have previously done so. Where is the essence of nature photography in doing so? Jousting for prime location at …

Walden

 “I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” – Walden, Henry David Thoreau  

Favorite Photos from 2010

 Jim Goldstein has been running an annual Your Best Photos blog project for several years now, which I hadn’t participated in since I’m usually wary of coming across as self-congratulatory but I figured I’ll give the project a try this year for creative exercise. It was a very memorable year with trips to Yellowstone, San …

Photography Portfolios

 I’ve been thinking of different ways of presenting portfolios of my work online and have considered expensive out-of-the-box Flash solutions including Livebooks and APhotoFolio but for the time being I decided to try my own design because I am in escrow on my first home and need to conserve all the money I possibly can. …

Hudson River School of Art

 The mainstream L.A. news media makes such a big deal out of rain as if it is the end of the world. Even when a “storm” is forecast for .25 inches it is considered big-time news here. For landscape photographers that means time to hit the road in search of photos. Landscape photographers and artists …

Patience

 As a nature photographer, I enjoy seeing my favorite local locations change from season to season, year to year. There is a group of several trees that I have been looking at in passing every fall for the past five years because they always produce the most vibrant foliage of any trees in town that …

The Lone Cypress Tree

 With all of the California coast pictures I have posted on this travel photo blog over the past six years, I was surprised to find out that I hadn’t posted any photos of the most iconic California coastal landscape of them all. “Iconic landscapes” frequently get derided on photography forums for how commercialized they’ve become …

Solitude

 With its fine white sand, Carmel Beach is a very popular destination. Rightfully so, but crowds are not exactly fun for a landscape photographer. Go at dawn and there are few people milling about save for early morning joggers and beach walkers. One European guy approached me curious as to what I was taking photos …

Five Places to Take Pictures in All 50 U.S. States

 The “Great American Road Trip” is a dream shared by many, myself included. So I got to thinking about what I would like to do if I were to visit every state in the U.S. There are obviously too many great things in this country for one person to photograph everything in-depth during one lifetime …